Post # 1
I’ve been swaddling my daughter at night since birth. She’s now 7+ weeks old. (Ah, how the time flies!)
Two days ago, at a breastfeeding group, I overheard two women talking about their fears of swaddling because they think it will restrict their child’s breathing.
Of course, this got me to wondering whether I might be swaddling my daughter too tightly. After watching “The Happiest Baby…,” I started to feel comfortable swaddling her pretty tightly. I always make sure that her arms are at her sides and that her palms are facing her body. I always make sure that her hips can be flexed and open and that the blanket only goes up to her shoulders and not above. But can a tight swaddle really restrict her breathing?
Post # 3
My fiancee always swaddled our daughter really tightly and it worried me at first but she seemed to like it! she never got her arms free and slept like a baby (!) if you are worried about restricting her breathing just loosen up the swaddle a bit.
Post # 4
My babies liked it really tight. Luckily, I never developed that fear. I had enough to keep my up at night though! I say, wrap baby as tight as baby likes it!
Post # 5
I don’t think anyone can do it tighter than the nurses at the hospital! I also think she would let you know if she was uncomfortable.
Post # 6
I have to swaddle little man pretty tight or he wiggles his little arms out… I had that worry at first but he seems to fall asleep faster if he is swaddled pretty tight
Post # 7
I work in the NICU, and IF we teach parents to swaddle we suggest keeping the baby’s arms out or to swaddle them loose enough that they can bring their hands to their mouth. It is important for them developmentally. In Canada, we actually don’t suggest swaddling as you shouldn’t have blankets around their mouth (SIDS risk).